new food week: day 1
Last night, I went to the market with a hearty grocery list full of dinner ingredients and returned home with enough food for the week. And so begins our little challenge — to eat dinner at home Monday-Thursday this week. Perhaps this is routine for you, but for the M household… it’s far from normal. We’re a pick-up, eat-out, “omg let’s get ikea meatballs!” kind of twosome. So let’s see if we can live up to the challenge!
Last night, I quickly whipped up these chicken roll-ups, which were amazingly simple and got a big thumbs up from Mr. M. That was, of course, after he suspended his disbelief that I had created these on my own. I gave myself a small pat on the back, and even had time to prepare the ingredients for tonight’s crock pot meal.
One night down… three to go!
Oohhh… good for you! I love the crock pot meals… coming home to a house that smells of a long day of cooking is super gratifying, especially when you’ve been gone all day and can still take the credit for the yummy meal!
@Cathleya – I need to pick up that crockpot book you told me about. And lots of crock pot liners! I really think this may be my new best friend!
I love that there was disbelief, because honestly, that looks amazing and not easy. :)
@leah – It was seriously so easy! I bought chicken cutlets, seasoned w/salt & pepper, placed down a few greens, and sprinkled in the goat cheese and ROLLED. That was it! :) I couldn’t believe it myself!
What do most people do? Eat out, or take out? My husband refuses to acknowledge that he is a slave driver by forcing me to cook dinner completely from scratch for him 7 nights a week AND pack his lunch every day — he thinks this is “normal” and that every wife does this. I think he grew up watching too much Nick at Night. Not that I think cooking is bad — it’s far cheaper to cook than to eat out — but the recognition that he is darn lucky and fortunate would be nice! :)
@Julie – your husband better be providing major favors for that labor of yours! Mr. M was just used to his bachelor life of eating out 7-days a week, especially in the years we dated due to a messy roommate. So, eating out was the norm instead. And I’d like to try and break that habit now that we have a pretty kitchen to cook in!
I do all the cooking in our house. But my husband does all the swiffering, dusting, laundry, ironing, vacuuming…in fact, come to think of it…I really am making out like a bandit ;)
@otherpiecesofme – especially the swiffering part :)
Our family began this challenge a couple of months ago. Everyone loves it. Friends were over this weekend and I got the nickname “Martha”. Now that’s a seal of approval! Wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t started the “cook from recipes challenge”. Plus were are saving so much money!
@Nette – I’m really interested to see how much money we save in the end… and scared as well? :) I’m really going to need to figure out how to keep it up!
That chicken looks so good! I want to start cooking more as we eat out a whole lot each week.
@Stacy – With your pretty new kitchen I’m sure you’ll stay in more!